The JKUAT library in collaboration with the management of JKUAT Nakuru CBD Campus organized a two day e-resources training workshop for its students and members of staff on 18th and 19th July 2015. Similar workshops have been carried out in all the JKUAT campuses except Mombasa CBD, Kigali and Arusha Campuses. Plans to conduct the training in the remaining campuses are underway.
Dr. Daniel Wanyoike a lecturer at the campus and the programmes coordinator received the library team on behalf of the Campus Director who gave apologies and was to join the team later in the day. In his remarks, he cautioned that people perish for lack of knowledge. He therefore urged participants to pay keen attention to the presentations.
The Director, JKUAT Nakuru Campus, Juma Wagoki remarked that it was a good
opportunity to receive visitors. He thanked staff for their support in spite of being busy with exams. He informed the university librarian that they have been encouraging students to be members of the library.
Dr. Roselyne Mangira, the JKUAT University Librarian introduced the library team. In the introduction she pointed out that Ms. Joyce Muthoni, the Nakuru Campus Librarian reports to her directly on technical issues. The librarian gave an overview of the library’s organizational structure. She also explained that the library has developed an Information Literacy and Competencies Program that will be compulsory and examinable. Participants were urged to visit the library website. The library consists of a physical library and a virtual library which is the richest. She updated participants on new thesis requirements and guidelines. “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have courage to lose sight of the shore” was the quote for the day she shared.
One of the objectives of the training is to equip participants with online information retrieval skills. Miriam Ndungu who is in charge of JKUAT Library Digital Services presented on information search skills. She gave a demo on advanced searching of the e-resources. Of particular interest was the off campus access link that allows all our staff and students to access all our resources from whatever location they are at.
The University Librarian introduced participants to the
Amazon Kindle. This is an e-book reader that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading e-books and journals. With the kindle one does not have to use a laptop to access their e-books or journal articles. It is light and therefore extremely portable. It is actually lighter than the average smart phone. It holds 2000 e-books meaning that you can transfer all ones downloads conveniently. It has a long battery life which is a big plus if you are travelling to an area with limited power supply. These are just a few of its many advantages. She urged participants to explore the kindle and its benefits
Mr. Richard Omolo, introduced participants to OpenDOAR. This is an open access database of research from research institutions. The site may come in handy when looking for research areas as it contains thesis and dissertations. The JKUAT repository is registered in the same directory.
Dr Mangira gave an overview on standardization of the format of citations and references in all research publications from the university. Mr. Richard Midigo who is the Library’s Systems Librarian gave a demo on Mendeley citation and referencing software. This software is capable of automatically formatting citations and references according to different referencing styles. It therefore takes away the headache of having to remember where punctuation marks are to be placed within the text and in the list of references.
Dr Mangira briefed participants on issues pertaining to plagiarism. JKUAT is in the process of acquiring Turn-It-In anti-plagiarism software. However, the demo by Mr Omolo focused on Viper Plagiarism Scanner which is an Open Source software. Participants were equipped with the skills to self-check their work.
Among the resolutions of the workshop were that:
1. Lecturers must demand that their students use only authoritative sources of information
2. That participants sign up with Google Scholar accounts
3. Participants must seek to publish in high impact journals
Kephar Mokaya, an MBA student in the School of Business gave the vote of thanks. He appreciated the work that the team from the library had done and opined that the training came at the right time. He appreciated the university management for facilitating the training and believed that it should be mandatory for all JKUAT students. He also thanked the participants for turning up for the training.
Ms. Carolyne Kinyanjui who is the Campus Administrator gave the closing remarks on
behalf of the Director. She requested the participants to share the skills and knowledge they had acquired during the training.